Popular Jain monk Tarun Sagar passed away on Saturday morning at Radhapuri Jain Temple in east Delhi after a prolonged illness. He was 51. The monk was admitted to a hospital after he contracted jaundice but there was no improvement in his condition. His last rites will be carried out in Modinagar at the Tarun Sagar Dham.
As soon as people got to know of his death people started rushing to the temple for ‘antim darshan’, an official of Bhartiya Jain Milan, a pan-India Jain organisation was quoted as saying by PTI. Tarun Sagar is a monk of the Digambara sect and has a huge following in the Jain community.
Born on 1967 in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh as Pawan Kumar Jain, he chose to live the life a monk at a tender age of 13 after getting inspired by the sermons of another popular monk Acharya Pushpdant Sagar.
As the news of his demise spread, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed their grief and condolences as did several other leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Deeply pained by the untimely demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. We will always remember him for his rich ideals, compassion and contribution to society. His noble teachings will continue inspiring people. My thoughts are with the Jain community and his countless disciples.”
Deeply pained by the untimely demise of Muni Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. We will always remember him for his rich ideals, compassion and contribution to society. His noble teachings will continue inspiring people. My thoughts are with the Jain community and his countless disciples. pic.twitter.com/lodXhHNpVK
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 1, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind too paid homage to the Jain monk saying that the nation lost a well-respected spiritual leader.
Sad to hear of the passing of Jain Muni Shri Tarun Sagar Ji Maharaj. Known for his “Kadve Parvachan”, he spread the message of peace and non-violence in the society. Our country has lost a well-respected spiritual leader. My condolences to his countless followers #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 1, 2018
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too expressed his shock.
जैन मुनि श्रद्धेय तरुण सागर जी महाराज के असामयिक महासमाधि लेने के समाचार से मैं स्तब्ध हूँ। वे प्रेरणा के स्रोत, दया के सागर एवं करुणा के आगार थे। भारतीय संत समाज के लिए उनका निर्वाण एक शून्य का निर्माण कर गया है। मैं मुनि महाराज के चरणों में अपनी श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता हूँ।
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 1, 2018
Tarun Sagar, unlike other Jain monks, openly interacted with politicians and has delivered sermons at the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 2010 and in Haryana Legislative Assembly in 2016.